- Reform Necessitates An Amendment November 9, 2019
by The Hon. Paula L. Feroleto
For nearly 30 years, the more rural counties of the Eighth Judicial District have been denied a sitting state Supreme Court Justice because of the logistics, expenses and political realities of being part of a sprawling district. Although the district, where I serve as Administrative Judge, consists of eight counties in Western New York and the Southern Tier, one large county, Erie County, has controlled the judicial election since the very early 1990s.
- Nov. 13 & 21 – Joint Hearings of the Senate and Assembly Standing Committees on Judiciary October 22, 2019
Public Hearings on Court Consolidation
Senate Chair: Senator Brad Hoylman
Assembly Chair: Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz
Place: Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th floor 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Date & Time: November 13, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Date & Time: November 21, 2019 – 10:30 AM
Oral testimony by invitation only.
- Chief Judge Proposes Constitutional Reforms to Simplify Outdated Court Structure, Aiming to Enhance Access, Optimize Resources September 25, 2019
NEW YORK – Chief Judge Janet DiFiore today proposed amendments to the State Constitution that would eliminate New York’s complex maze of 11 separate trial courts and replace it with a simplified three-level structure to make the courts easier to navigate, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs to litigants, among other potential benefits.
- Modern Courts Supports Chief Judge’s Proposal to Simplify the State Court Structure September 25, 2019
ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATION OF A SIMPLIFY THE COURTS COALITION
New York, NY – Modern Courts welcomes and enthusiastically supports the Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s proposal to change the current court system so that it better serves the needs of all those who use the courts to resolve their problems, whether civil, criminal, commercial or family matters.
Amelia T.R. Starr, Chair of the Fund and Committee for Modern Courts, said “Simplifying the courts will provide a system that works for all litigants – families, children, domestic violence survivors, advocates for the poor, small businesses, and anyone else who uses the courts.” Continue Reading